Attempted murder arrest after Washington death

The Northern Echo: Police at the murder scene in Washington Police at the murder scene in Washington

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder following another man's death in an incident this morning (Sunday, June 8).

The victim, who has not been named but was in his 30s, was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital in Newcastle following the incident in Washington, on Wearside.

Police were called to the scene, at Usworth Hall, in the Stephenson area of the town, by the ambulance service, following a report of a man with serious injuries.

Earlier today, the man’s condition was described as critical, but police later confirmed he had died of his injuries in hospital.

A 36-year-old man who was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder was subsequently re-arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody tonight.

Police investigating the incident believe no weapon was used and the two men knew each other; and they are seeking to reassure people living in the area.

Gordon Milward, a chief superintendent at Northumbria Police, said: “I’d like to reassure people that a man has been arrested and it’s believed the two men are known to each other.

“An investigation is underway and I’d urge anyone with information to contact police.

“Extra patrols are taking place in the area to reassure residents and address any concerns they may have.”

The police are not releasing any further details of the incident at present.

Usworth Hall is a converted block of flats in an otherwise industrial area. Police had the area cordoned off today and forensic investigators could be seen going to and from the property.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Northumbria Police on the 101 non-emergency number, extension 69191.

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